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Rainy weather to continue into Saturday

Residents of New Providence should expect rain and bad weather until Saturday as a system moves east, according to meteorologists.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) sent out an advisory Thursday night warning residents to expect windy, overcast conditions, thunder and heavy rain.

“We can expect some residual showers [Friday],” said Basil Dean, of the met office.

“That system is now pushing off towards the east so we will still have one or two pockets of showers [today] with a gradual improvement going into Saturday.

“There can be one or two isolated pockets, but in terms of the broadness of the system most of that has left us.”

He said Eleuthera, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Crooked Island and Acklins should expect heavy rain today.

“By Saturday we will perhaps start to see some sun for the first time in a long time and just your usual summertime showers popping up in the afternoon,” Dean said.

NEMA said that small craft boaters should stay in port and warned swimmers to remain on shore to avoid rip currents and rough water.

Last week Wednesday, thousands of residents in New Providence were forced to bail water out of their homes after record rainfall created widespread flooding, which caught many by surprise.

The worst of the flooding was in eastern New Providence.

Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis tabled an exigency order in the House of Assembly on Wednesday to give storm victims duty exemptions to replace goods that were damaged by flooding last week.

That order lasts for 90 days.

Goods that are eligible under the order are building materials; electrical fixtures and materials; plumbing fixtures and materials; household furniture and fixtures; appliances, freezers and heaters; materials to clean up or repair property and vehicles.

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